As is tradition in my house, and always has been tradition, I got up in the morning and went into my parents room to open my cards and presents from my extremely generous family. Then over lunchtime my Grandparents all came over for cake and sandwiches - ooh how civilised. I received some lovely gifts from my family, some of my favourites were a lovely Nars blusher in the shade 'Orgasm', a gorgeous Yankee candle, some real techniques make up brushes and a gorgeous Pandora ring.
After my Grandparents had left in the afternoon, Gabriel (in case you haven't read my London blogpost, he is my boyfriend) came over with a beautiful bunch of roses and a vintage denim jacket that I had spotted a while ago, which was so so generous and lovely of him. His mum also came over and brought me a gift which was equally as lovely, and we sat round with my parents and had a glass of bucks fizz which was delicious.
Gabriel had booked a table for the both of us to go out for a meal at my favourite restaurant in the evening, so at 7 o'clock we went over there and upon entering the restaurant I saw a table of about 8 of my close friends sat with a pink banner and huge birthday cake grinning at me, shouting surprise! I looked over at Gabriel and he was grinning at me and I tried to hold back the tears (yes I am an emotional sap that cries at everything). One of the most surprising things was that my oldest friend Lauren who I have known for the whole of my life, was there, when I don't think she's ever met any of my friends from school, which obviously Gabriel and my friend Kirsten had organized, which honestly meant the world. We had a lovely meal and I got some really thoughtful gifts and cards from my friends, which just made my attempts at not crying even harder. Two of my friends had baked cakes which was so sweet, one of which was a huge musical note shaped cake with multicoloured cake in the middle which was amazing! After the meal I gave everyone massive hugs and went home with Gabriel to recover. I had a brilliant birthday and it meant so much to see my friends, especially when I had no idea whatsoever that they were planning that! Here are some photos of the meal.
As I mentioned before, my oldest friend - Lauren - was at the meal as well and she had made a scrapbook of photos of us and various other memories from the 17 years we've been friends, and it was honestly the sweetest thing ever and I have read it more than 10 times already because it makes me smile. She even found some old photos of the two of us and stuck our faces on the front of the book itself!
Thank you for reading yet another lifestyle post. I really enjoy writing these when I actually have something to talk about! Do you like these posts? Or would you prefer reading something different? I will happily write about anything, and just enjoy the time I get to myself to blog and chill out.